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Evergrey - A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)



8 | 183 votes |
Release date: 20 May 2022
Style: Progressive metal, Power metal

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19 want it


01. Save Us
02. Midwinter Calls
03. Ominous
04. Call Out The Dark
05. The Orphean Testament
06. Reawakening
07. The Great Unwashed
08. Heartless
09. Blindfolded
10. Wildfires

Line-up
Tom S Englund - vocals, guitars
Rikard Zander - keyboard
Henrik Danhage - guitars
Jonas Ekdahl - drums
Johan Niemann - bass

Session musicians
Carina Englund - vocals

Additional info
Recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mixed and mastered at Hansen Studios.

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.1
The last time that Evergrey had this short a gap between records, they followed up Recreation Day with The Inner Circle, so omens are good for A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament).

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published 18.05.2022 | Comments (7)

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27.04.2022 - 23:38
Chidder

Well, probably the most melodic thing Evergrey has ever released. Not many progressive elements in here, but still - love it. More than "Escape of the Phoenix". And "Wildfires" is f..... beautiful
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28.04.2022 - 22:31
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Tage Westerlund
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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20.05.2022 - 10:17
Rating: 8
Ruisdier

Another really great album. Not as great as Escape Of The Phoenix & The Atlantic, but I'll be vibing to this for months to come
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20.05.2022 - 11:08
Rating: 10
Duck Dodgers

Tom Englund is one of those singers that can read a pizza menu to you and make you emotional. Great album as expected!
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21.05.2022 - 16:03
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Tage Westerlund
This band can write albums, but this is not their best, vocals are softer as in olders and maybe softest albums. It wotks if you listen it from a-z few times, as whole album in old days, then it works fine.
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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21.05.2022 - 18:09
Rating: 8
SebaRaven36

Very good album! Evergrey always surprises with every album
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23.05.2022 - 12:45
Rating: 8
Dark Forever
Ruído Sonoro
The over-production on Tom's vocals almost ruins this for me. He has a great voice, why so many effects? It feels robotic at times and completely kills the emotion. I'm really not a fan of the overall approach in production, guitars also suffer at times and everything's way too compressed. That being said, the compositions are top-notch as usual. I just wish it sounded more organic.
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25.05.2022 - 00:01
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
It's a solid album, with stunning melodies, and very impressive song structures. There's some great synth work, aswel as some excellent guitarwork and solo's too, the vocals are a bit little soft, but they still have alot of emotion.
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25.05.2022 - 00:23
JoHn DoE

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 25.05.2022 at 00:01

It's a solid album, with stunning melodies, amd very impressive song structures. There's great synth work, and some excellent guitarwork and solo's too, the vocals are a bit little soft, but they still have alot of emotion.


Based on your post, I'm thinking you're new to Evergey. The vocals are one of the reasons to try and listen to the band, I'm picky when it comes to vocals, if the vocals were meh, I would not even listen to this band, bad vocals can often ruin otherwise great instrumentation.
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25.05.2022 - 00:36
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by JoHn DoE on 25.05.2022 at 00:23


Based on your post, I'm thinking you're new to Evergey. The vocals are one of the reasons to try and listen to the band, I'm picky when it comes to vocals, if the vocals were meh, I would not even listen to this band, bad vocals can often ruin otherwise great instrumentation.

Your right I'm fairly new to this band, I've heard some of their stuff in the past, but I never got round to listening to any of their albums in full until now. I didn't think that much to the vocals at first, but now I quite like them, I'm more impressed by the music though. I will need to have a good listen to more of their stuff.
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25.05.2022 - 00:45
JoHn DoE

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 25.05.2022 at 00:36

Written by JoHn DoE on 25.05.2022 at 00:23


Based on your post, I'm thinking you're new to Evergey. The vocals are one of the reasons to try and listen to the band, I'm picky when it comes to vocals, if the vocals were meh, I would not even listen to this band, bad vocals can often ruin otherwise great instrumentation.

Your right I'm fairly new to this band, I've heard some of their stuff in the past, but I never got round to listening to any of their albums in full until now. I didn't think that much to the vocals at first, but now I quite like them, I'm more impressed by the music though. I will need to have a good listen to more of their stuff.


I recommend their 2001 album In Search of Truth.
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25.05.2022 - 06:39
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by JoHn DoE on 25.05.2022 at 00:45

I recommend their 2001 album In Search of Truth.

Thanks I will check that one out
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25.05.2022 - 12:23
Rating: 9
lemme

Nice album with some fantastic songs, eg. Save Us, Ominous, Call Out The Dark or Reawakening:)
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27.05.2022 - 16:10
Rating: 8
WorpeX
Made of Metal
On par with the last few albums I'd say, they've really hit their stride lately! I'd say the album is a bit more mellow and more melodic than Phoenix but otherwise its very much in the same vein as that album.

Highlights: Midwinter Calls, Call Out The Dark, Heartless, Blindfolded
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07.06.2022 - 01:24
Rating: 6
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)
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03.07.2022 - 06:40
Rating: 7
metalbrat

'The Storm Within' was the last one which felt fantastic but since then i am getting tired with their same melodies which are becoming more softer album after album. This album is just ok for me.
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13.09.2022 - 07:26
Rating: 8
tintinb

They are sort of doing the same album consistently, but the album itself is so good that I don't have much to complain.
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13.09.2022 - 21:42
doez
Hallucigenia
Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.06.2022 at 01:24

Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)

Oh my god there's actually a third one, the first song on this year's Dreamcatcher album is called "Intro: Save us", such a weird coincidence hahaha
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13.09.2022 - 21:49
Rating: 6
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by doez on 13.09.2022 at 21:42

Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.06.2022 at 01:24

Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)

Oh my god there's actually a third one, the first song on this year's Dreamcatcher album is called "Intro: Save us", such a weird coincidence hahaha

Maybe it really is a cry for help
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14.09.2022 - 00:35
JoHn DoE

Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.06.2022 at 01:24

Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)


May I ask why the average rating?
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14.09.2022 - 00:37
Rating: 6
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by JoHn DoE on 14.09.2022 at 00:35

Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.06.2022 at 01:24

Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)


May I ask why the average rating?

Honestly I don't remember, but probably it didn't impress me or grab my attention
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14.09.2022 - 00:41
JoHn DoE

Written by F3ynman2000 on 14.09.2022 at 00:37

Written by JoHn DoE on 14.09.2022 at 00:35

Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.06.2022 at 01:24

Weird - this is the second album this year that has their opening track titled "Save Us" (first one being Non Est Deus - Impious)


May I ask why the average rating?

Honestly I don't remember, but probably it didn't impress me or grab my attention


Give it another chance/listen see what happens - will your rating stay the same or it will change (higher or lower).
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